Police rejected Tuesday a postponement petition filed by 11 activists accused of rallying against the Rajabhakti Park scandal and issued a second summons set for December 29.
Human-rights lawyer Pawinee Chumsri filed the request for postponement on Monday with the Thonburi railway police on behalf of the activists, who were intercepted on December 7 while taking a train to Prachuap Khiri Khan province, allegedly to hold a rally protesting against corruption at Rajabhakti Park.
Thonburi railway police officer Pol Lieutenant Ausadayoot Thongswan said yesterday that the 1st Railway Police Division investigation committee had rejected the activists’ request for a postponement until January 9 and instead required them to turn themselves in by 9am on December 29. He said the committee judged that too much time would have elapsed by January 9, and because that day is a national holiday, it would be difficult for police to coordinate with other relevant government departments.
The head of inquiry, Pol Lt-Colonel Songkod Pattanawaraporn, said that police would begin gathering evidence to support arrest warrants if the activists did not show up on December 29.